100 years ago today: a history in Tweets for WW100

A session at NDF2013

  • Kirstie Ross

Tuesday 26th November, 2013

2:00pm to 2:25pm (NZMT)

In April 2013 a small group from across the GLAM sector launched a collaborative Twitter project to help New Zealanders understand what life was like 100 years ago during the First World War. The participants share excerpts from personal diaries, newspapers, and letters in ‘real-time’ online.

Each source has its own Twitter feed so audiences can follow individual New Zealanders as they go to war or report on life during wartime. A group Twitter account brings Tweets from all the soldiers and people at home together at https://twitter.com/life100yearsago.

The project will communicate many individual – and often very personal – New Zealand experiences and perspectives on life 100 years ago – both at home and overseas. Tweets are fed through the online ‘hub’ for the centenary in New Zealand, WW100.govt.nz and made available as an archive. Followers can also deep dive into many of the primary sources being excerpted.

Join contributors to this ‘social’ history/storytelling project as we share information about our motivations, tools used behind the scenes, and lessons learnt to date. The project is also open to community participation – ask us to find out more.


About the speakers

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Virginia Gow

Virginia Gow leads the online strategy for New Zealand’s First World War Centenary programme WW100.

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Kirstie Ross

Kirstie Ross is Curator Modern New Zealand at Te Papa.

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Time 2:00pm2:25pm NZMT

Date Tue 26th November 2013


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